Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
173Trip End Dec 01, 2011
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We got up in the morning, got ready and then went down for our free breakfast before heading out for the day. We had to kind of laugh at the breakfast though. There were three options: cornflakes and a piece of fruit, bread with cheese, or bread with jam (all with a glass of orange juice). After the last hostel`s breakfast it was really pitiful but at least it was something so we enjoyed it.
First thing we did that day was go to the train station to get tickets to Krakow and then on to Vienna. We had to wait in a terribly slow moving line and the guy didn't understand our rail passes didn't work in Poland at first so we were confused and he was getting frustrated when he said we just had to reserve seats but not actually buy tickets. Eventually we got him to understand (he was trying to rush us through so I think he wasn't really listening to what we were saying) and got things sorted out though
We then got on the tram and took it to the Prague Castle. When there we decided to just get the short package ticket instead of the more expensive long one because it covered the important stuff and thats all we really wanted. First we went through the massive St. Vitus` Cathedral in the middle of the castle complex. Its outside is all full of spires and gargoyles in the old gothic style and looks very dark and eerie. On the inside its got beautiful huge stained glass windows and a massive decorated organ, just like all the other cathedrals we go to, haha. After admiring the cathedral for a while we then headed to the area where the old Royal Palace was. The main feature of the palace was the massive hall in the middle of it. There was absolutely nothing in the hall though, not even paint so it was very boring looking. There was also a little room off the hall with an explanation and a picture of three guys that got tossed out a window and survived with minor injuries. I can`t remember the reasoning for it but it was at the beginning of the thirty years war.
After the hall there are rooms where there were explanations about how decades of records concerning land titles and such were burned in a big fire in the castle. In the rooms with these explanations there are also a bunch of old wooden tables, massive wooden cabinets and paintings of important title holders` coats of arms all over the walls and ceilings. There weren't any spectacularily interesting rooms in the old palace though and so we moved on to St George's Basillica. It's very small with a couple rows of pews, huge paintings on the back walls and a tomb at the front under the raised platform. The glassed off room had the strangest skeleton sculpture in it; we weren't sure what it was for/meant
We then went on to the Golden Lane which is a lane of old tiny housing units within the castle walls that have been staged for people like the butcher, the medicine maker, the sewer, etc. who used to live there. There is also a big armour exhibit and once we left we went down some scary lookin stairs and found the castle dungeon. It was very small dungeom with a hole to the next room under it in the center and a full body cage hanging above.
When we finished with our tour of the castle we wandered toward the Charles Bridge stopping in little shops to check out souveniers and the awesome but insanely expensive marionette dolls. We also stopped to check out the statue of two guys pissing into a fountain in the shape of Czech Republic, called the Pissing Statue. We don't understand why it was made, it's just odd and the guys' hips even rotate.
On the Charles Bridge there are dozens of hawkers selling jewelry, sketches, paintings, and other souvenier type trinkets. They all seem way over priced though. Prague to us seemed over priced in general. We stopped on the other side of the street at a side walk restaurant and had some much needed drinks and great pizza and pasta for supper. After supper and some more wandering around the shops in the main square we headed back to the hostel for the night.